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Study-abroad hub Australia wants students back -- in small doses

First batch of 63 international students arrive under pilot program

Exchange students arrive at Darwin International Airport in late November. (Photo courtesy of Charles Darwin University)

SYNDEY -- Before the coronavirus pandemic halted global travel, Australia enjoyed a steady stream of foreign students thanks to its proximity to Asia and moderate weather. Eager to welcome them back to campus, the country has launched a pilot program to allow arrivals on a limited basis.

A charter plane carrying 63 international students landed at Charles Darwin International Airport in Australia's Northern Territories on Nov. 30, marking the first arrivals since a travel ban was put in place in March. The group included students from China, Japan and Vietnam.

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